Govt axing hydrogen trial 'short-sighted and ill-informed'

Posted by GMB Admin
Wednesday 12 July 2023
GMB Trade Union - Govt axing hydrogen trial 'short-sighted and ill-informed'

The Government’s decision to axe plans for a Cheshire village to become the UK's first hydrogen-powered community is ‘short-sighted and ill informed’, GMB Union said today [Wednesday]

The trial, which would have seen residents given grants to test new hydrogen appliances, has now been abandoned.

Local Labour MP Justin Madders backed an anti-hydrogen campaign.

Andy Prendergast, GMB National Secretary, said:

“Axing the ongoing hydrogen trial is a short sighted, ill-informed move by this Government. It once again shows a complete lack of a coherent energy plan.

“Hydrogen is safe, green and the best way to heat homes while hitting net zero.

"It is deeply disappointing that the local MP Justin Madders endorsed alarmist social media claims about the pilot, instead of working with GMB and other gas unions to bring the next generation of good jobs to the area. [2]

“Whitby could have been at the forefront of this technological revolution - supporting well paid unionised jobs and helping us to net zero – and instead it risks being a byword for this Government’s energy failure.”

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